Explore the Fascinating World of Mollusks

and the Beautiful Shells They Create

The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum connects people to the natural world through their love of shells and the animals that create them.


One of the best things to do on Sanibel, the Museum offers fun and educational activities for the whole family. Kids love touching live mollusks in our touch pools, winning scavenger hunt prizes, and watching our Giant Pacific Octopus. Come visit the only museum in the United States devoted solely to shells and mollusks!

Celebrating 25 Years Lecture Series
Free, Virtual Program, Presented via Zoom.

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Jul 13

Oysters: A Crystal Ball for Water Quality in Southwest Florida

By Melissa May

Jul 27


By Rebecca Mensch

Aug 24

8,000 Years of Shells in the American Southeast: Archaeological Insights on the Ecology, Diet, Architecture, and Ritual of Ancient Native Americans

By Kenneth E. Sassaman

Sept 16

Why Am I Growing Giant Clams in the Middle of the Arizona Desert?

By Dan Killam


Precision Photography of Extraordinary and Uncommon Shells

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The Shell Museum shell identification app
Download the Shell Museum shell identification app on the app store!
Download the Shell Museum shell identification app on the Google Play store!

Take a photo of a shell and our app will identify it using machine learning. Every photo you take helps it get smarter! You can also browse the entire Southwest Florida Shell Guide.

Download the

Shell Museum App